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Any Questions? #81

Hosted by WAMC’s Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel, this week’s Any Questions? continues a run of March Madness shows – this one focusing on famous literary rabbits.

Last week's challenge
Start with the name of the 1992 film SISTER ACT. Change one letter to an R, then rearrange the letters to spell a word that names particular modes of transportation, and a word that names important parts of those modes. What are the words?

Answer: If you change one of the Ts to an R, you can spell CARS and TIRES.

On-air questions: We're smack in the middle of our March Madness shows and we return to literature for this week's inspiration. One of the most famous characters from the tea party scene in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is the March Hare, and we'll try not to go as mad as a march hare before the end of this quiz on other fictional rabbits.

1. Owned by a little girl named Susie Derkins, a stuffed rabbit named Mr. Bun appears in what comic strip named for a boy and his stuffed animal?
2. First seen in 1988, a giant pink bunny playing a bass drum appeared in TV commercials that parodied those of a rival company. Later, it appeared in ads for fake products which ended with the bunny marching across the screen. For what company is this pink bunny the mascot?
3. Published in 1972, a novel by Richard Adams tells the tale of a group of rabbits – including Hazel, Fiver, and Bigwig – as they escape the imminent destruction of their warren in search of a new home. What is the two-word title of this novel?
4. Harvey, a six-foot-tall invisible rabbit, was referenced (appropriately enough) in the first episode of what 1975 TV series inspired by an H. G. Wells novel of the same name?
5. Who is the most famous rabbit living in the north-central part of the Hundred Acre Wood?

Extra credit
1. What British comedian voiced E.B., the main character in the 2011 animated film Hop?
2. The first animated series produced specifically for television was Crusader Rabbit, which aired its first episode in August of 1950. Jay Ward, the producer of the series, went on to produce what other 1950s - '60s animated series about two anthropomorphic animals?

This week's challenge
Start with the phrase RABBIT HOLE. Rearrange these ten letters to name two things you can read. What are they? (As a hint, the two things are very closely related to each other.)

On-air questions

1. Calvin and Hobbes
2. Energizer
3. Watership Down
4. The Invisible Man
5. Rabbit

Extra credit
1. Russell Brand
2. The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show

A lifelong resident of the Capital Region, Ian joined WAMC in late 2008 and became news director in 2013. He began working on Morning Edition and has produced The Capitol Connection, Congressional Corner, and several other WAMC programs. Ian can also be heard as the host of the WAMC News Podcast and on The Roundtable and various newscasts. Ian holds a BA in English and journalism and an MA in English, both from the University at Albany, where he has taught journalism since 2013.